This release was issued under a previous government.
The demolition work will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 24. To ensure a safe construction zone for workers and motorists, northbound and southbound traffic on Anthony Henday Drive will be redirected around the demolition site using the existing ramp intersections. Speed reduction will be maintained at 50km/h on Baseline Road and the detour ramps. Traffic on Baseline Road will continue to flow freely with two lanes in each direction available at all times. Doing the work over the weekend will minimize disruption for motorists and the demolition will be complete by 6 a.m. on May 27, ensuring free flow traffic for Monday morning commuters.
Construction of the new eastbound Baseline Road bridge over Anthony Henday Drive begins immediately and is still expected to be open to traffic by Spring 2014, weather permitting. Additional construction activities in the area, part of the Northeast Anthony Henday Drive project, will be ongoing until the fall of 2016.
Drivers are reminded to obey all flag persons, signs and signals. Fines for speeding are doubled in construction zones when workers are present.
Using Alberta’s P3 model for highways allows Northeast Anthony Henday Drive to be finished in 2016, three years earlier than through conventional delivery and at a savings of $370 million for taxpayers. Including the Northeast section, a $1.81 billion investment which includes a total of 47 bridge structures, the Alberta government has committed more than $4 billion toward the construction of the Edmonton Ring Road. This project is one of many that deliver on Alberta Transportation’s commitment to support the economy and increase market access by focusing on capital plan projects for core infrastructure and key corridors.
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